The “Shades of Purple” Outfit | Debi Fry
Fabric: More Purple Corduroy from my stash (for the pants) 2 yards for £5.50; purple and blue check wool from charity shop, 2 yards for £2.
Pattern: Simplicity 8932 from the Salvation Army, £0.50
Notions: Elastic, £1
Time to complete: 3 hours for the poncho and 3 hours for the pants for a total of 6 hours
First worn: March 2011
Wear again? Yes
Total Cost: ~£9
The only pattern that I own that has a slightly hideous pattern cover is Simplicity 8932 from 1970:
I actually think the pattern cover is kind of cute and definitely very reminiscient of the time period! However, in comparison to my other patterns, it does stand out a bit. I mean, who wouldn't want a self-decorated rick-rack poncho in their wardrobe? Or what about a vinyl cow print poncho with a matching miniskirt? One of the options for the poncho and mini-skirt is fur fabrics. I briefly toyed with the idea of making a faux fur poncho and matching mini-skirt…but it was a very, very brief thought!
I actually like ponchos. There is something very appealing about being wrapped up in a warm blanket-like garment on a cold day! I used to keep a poncho-like wrap at work for when they blasted the air conditioning in the summer. It is a good garment to have handy. So I decided to take a go at this pattern to see if I could make something nice out of it. I originally bought the pattern because it features pants that have the corduroy rib going in a cross-wise direction. Since I have a never-ending stash of purple corduroy, I thought this would be a fun clothing item to try. Though the ribs on my corduroy are so small, you can't really tell which way they are going. Ah, well!
I made the poncho out of some fantastic wool fabric that I got in a recent haul of other wool fabrics at a local charity shop. The poncho pattern piece is so large that I took a risk and cut it out on the bias. This was simply because otherwise it would have used up my entire stash of this fabric–whereas on the bias I was able to use only 2 of my 4 yards of fabric (I want to maybe make a skirt with the rest). I was really nervous cutting it on the bias as I was unsure how it would affect the drape but I figured it was probably ok because it was a heavier wool and I wanted a drapey effect. Though I did go back and read all the comments from Sewaholic's post on when you can ignore the grainline. Very illuminating and I decided to take the risk. Overall, I think it's fine and I don't think it affected the drape too much. Phew!
Just to give you the landmarks, that's Edinburgh Castle in the background on the hill. One of my favorite sites in the city!
I decided to have a little fun with styling this outfit. I made a headband out of some of the fabric remnants braided together for a bit of a 70's vibe.
The pants were really simple–no darts, no shaping and an elastic waist! Eeep. Never thought I would make elastic waisted pants but I actually really like their simplicity and the straight leg look. I didn't get a proper photo of the pants without the poncho but they are very basic…here's a picture that shows the straight line of the pants:
I decided to go for the simple neckline on the poncho with the opening in the front. I also decided not to add the hook and eye as I like how it opens slightly at the neck. This also makes it easier to get on and off. The poncho is also lined:
It's a purple extravaganza! That's why I call this outfit the 'shades of purple' because with the shoes there are no less than 5 different shades of purple going on here! What about you? Would you ever wear a poncho? Do you like 70's styling?